Two Margarets Beauty

My passion is supporting mature women - like myself - by providing healthier beauty options, like simple DIY skincare recipes, fun makeup tutorials and tips, product reviews and products I’ve hand-crafted in small batches, right here in the Ozarks.

Operating as usual

White O’Morn Cottage from “The Quiet Woman” starring John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara. Ternakill, Maam, County Gallway, Ireland.🌿☘️🌿

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📷: @acadequestre

What do you do to de-stress? 🛁

I can share with you a few things I do when life is feeling intense and I need to unwind. This isn’t a comprehensive list and I do mix it up, depending on my situation. Here is an example of one of my strategies:

1. Breathe in slowly through the nose and exhale slowly through the mouth. Repeat five times 💨

2. Diffuse a calming essential oil, such as lavender. I use @youngliving because of their guaranteed purity 💜

3. Simply take a break (especially if you’re staring at your phone or computer) and close your eyes 👀

4. Go for a walk outside or if the weather is nasty, do some indoor stretching or light exercises. Especially if your work keeps you indoors, like mine. 🤸🏼

5. Drink some water or even a calming tea, such as chamomile 🫖

6. Talk to God/pray for someone. I find that if I get my mind off of myself and pray for someone else, I feel a lot better 🙏🏻

If you’ve just finished reading this, now might be a good time to put these into practice. 😊

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Growing up, I never gave much thought to taking a bath. It was something my grandmother did. And her bath reflected her taste. Which wasn’t mine. But, as I’ve gotten older, I truly enjoy my bath time. In fact, my bath has been a place of not only relaxation, but of healing. 🛁

When I am suffering in pain (usually in my gut, back or in my head), my first thought is to draw up a bath with soothing milk powders or salts.🥛

I can spend quite a bit of time in my tub and it’s not uncommon for me to have a book or two with me. I’ve been known to read God’s word in this special place. 📖

No, it’s not the fashionable pink that my grandmother so adored, but it is feminine. And I’m used to having an animal peek in, just to make sure I’m okay. 🐱

The bath has become my therapy, my rest, my meditation. If you had told me as a young girl that I would love taking baths as a mature adult, I would have thought it’s for old ladies, not me. Yet, here I am... I believe my grandmother was on to something. 👵🏻

“Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” –A.A. Milne

Photo credits: @sindykimmisfarris @thetedescofarm

Thank you @heather_rosehill for this perfect message today. 🍂

This is a depiction me in every sense and I so needed your encouragement to KEEP GOING. 🍁

I’ve got a lot on my plate for today, so let’s see if I get it all done. 🐿

Enjoy this day, everyone. It’s a beautiful one!🌻

Thinking about last year at this time. EVERYTHING was different. Yet, I’m still counting my blessings and thankful for so much. 🌿
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I may not be traveling like I did, but my home is cozy and warm. 🍂
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I may not be meeting and gathering like before, but I am making connections with new and old friends in creative ways. 🎁
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I may not be going to church in the same way, but I am hearing God’s word and finding joy in the midst. 🙏🏻
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I may not do Thanksgiving exactly like before, but I am giving thanks in all that I have. 🦃

Photo: Sindy Kimmis Farris @SindyKimmisFarris

And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen. - Philippians 4:19-20

#thanksgiving #givingthanks #2020 #praisinggod #beingthankful #countingmyblessings #godisgood

“Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God’s handwriting.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Photo: @acadequestre

This is so good! Thank you @bethbriggsillustration for this reminder in such a beautiful illustration.❤️🇺🇸💙

Honoring three important men in my family who served in the military for THIS GREAT COUNTRY! Happy Veteran’s Day! ❤️🇺🇸💙

Since there is so much negativity in the news and social media right now, I’d like to provide you with some humor... Here’s to lifting a few spirits, because we ALL need to laugh and often.😁
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“I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock.” – Henny Youngman
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“I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury.” – Groucho Marx
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“A bank is a place that will lend you money if you can prove that you don’t need it.” – Bob Hope
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“Facebook just sounds like a drag, in my day seeing pictures of peoples vacations was considered a punishment.” – Betty White
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“Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.” – Alan Dundes
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“If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?” – Abraham Lincoln
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“When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it is a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway.” —Erma Bombeck
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“If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month.” - Theodore Roosevelt
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“I'm the only man in the world with a marriage license made out to whom it may concern.”- Mickey Rooney

"So they cried out to the Lord in their distress, and God saved them from their desperate circumstances. God gave the order and healed them; he rescued them from their pit. Let them thank the Lord for his faithful love. and his wondrous works for all people.” — Psalms 107:19-21
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Photo: @kristianbalestri
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#healer #godisfaithful #godiswithme #loveoverfear #miracleworker #godsfamily #godspromise #inhisimage #godismystrength

“Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.” - Anne Frank

Sometimes a little change is all you need. 🍁🐿🍂🧡🍁
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Such lovely designs @heather_rosehill 🍂

Why don’t we take a drive and check out those fall colors? 🍁🍂🍁
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Photo source: @roman_and_ivy

Two Margarets Beauty

“I always feel like somebody's watchin' me
And I have no privacy...” 🤣🐈
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#cats #catsofinstagram #catlife #catlovers

What does it really mean when we “Go with our gut feeling” regarding decisions? Have you ever thought about it? 🤔
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I was telling my husband today when we were discussing a big decision he has to make in the near future that I remember a decision I made a long time ago that I regret to this day. That decision? Which high school senior photo to use for my yearbook. At the time, I took advice from someone that turned out to be wrong. 😟 And yes, that was only just a few years ago! 🤣
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You see, there was a photo that I really liked, but I didn’t select it. My mother has the wallet size of my favorite photo from that time, but I didn’t make it my yearbook choice. And the sad thing is the reason I chose a different photo than the one I liked was that someone I admired (or someone whose opinion I thought was important at the time), recommended the one I did use. It wasn’t as nice as the one “my gut” told me to pick. And I’ve regretted it ever since! 😩
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To be honest, at this time in my life, I truly believe the most important thing we can do before we make an important decision is to talk to God about it. Pray about it! 🙏🏻
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I asked my husband if he had prayed about his upcoming decision. I told him I’ve been praying for him. It’s something that I’m trying to do for almost all the decisions I make in my life these days. Big decisions and even smaller ones. Then, I know that the feeling in my gut is being guided by the One who knows better than I do. And if I’ve asked God for direction first, I know I won’t forget WHOSE opinion I sought some thirty years later. 😉
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I don’t want to regret decisions I make from now on. I want that peace of mind that says “my gut feeling” is really a lot more than that. My high school years seem so long ago. When I look through those old photos in my yearbook... I think about all the fun times I had. I just wish I could switch out my senior photo. 😌
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#godfirst #godisgood #godspromise #prayer #powerofprayer #holyspirit #twomargarets #twomargaretsbeauty

It’s logo design decision time. 🤔I’m trying not to be stressed, but this has been a tough one to figure out. I had a great team of designers from @design_crowd bring their creations to me and I’m at the final stage of making a selection. 👏🏻
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There were so many things to consider, such as how the design would look on my website, on social media and on product labels. The designers are from all over the world. Although I submitted a brief, the interpretations were all very different. Using this source has had its own challenges as I’m certain I made a designer or two angry after I rated them low. (I got chewed out by one guy.)😬 The truth is, I didn’t know that my evaluation would change their ranking. I thought it was meant for only the two of us to see. Rut-roh. 😕
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Anyway, ultimately I have to make a choice and stick with it. There is still the packaging designs that need to be created, too.
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Feel free to comment on the designs here. I think I know which one I like... But, that could change in the next 24 hours! 😌
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#logo #logodesigns #creative #floraldesign #feminine #skincare #bathandbody #bathproducts #forwomen #flowers #twomargarets #twomargaretsbeauty

Yes! @kjp does it again! 🍁🧡🍂🐿🍁
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#autumn #autumnvibes🍁 #pumpkin #pumpkinspice #pumpkinpatch #fall #fallvibes #fallleaves

Enjoying church! 🙏🏻🧡
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#worship #church #saddlebackchurch #rickwarren #jesuschrist #christfollower

I made this amazing oatmeal and honey milk bath. 🍯🥛
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As I slipped into the warm bath after my workout I felt my body immediately begin to relax. The scent was sweet and the bath powder made my skin feel silky smooth. Did you know that the lactic acid in milk dissolves the bindings that hold dead skin cells together, resulting in smoother skin? 💛🌱
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Cleopatra used to bathe in fresh mare’s milk scented with honey... 🐝 I’m guessing she enjoyed the result of luxuriously moisturized skin. Oatmeal relieves inflammation of the skin. It’s a perfect combination to help you enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the bath. 🛁🌿
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My photo shoot today didn’t turn out as smooth as my skin, however. 😳🍁
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Queenie just had to be a part of the action (see second photo). Perhaps she wants a milk bath? 🤣🐱
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What are some of your favorite bath scents? 🍃🌷
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#bath #soak #milkbath #honey #oatmeal #bathandbody #bathpowder #fall #skincare #cleopatra #therapeutic #bathing #smoothskin #twomargarets #twomargaretsbeauty

Fall in all its splendor is seen in this lovely English cottage. 🍁🍂🍁
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“Her pleasure in the walk must arise from the exercise and the day, from the view of the last smiles of the year upon the tawny leaves and withered hedges, and from repeating to herself some few of the thousand poetical descriptions extant of autumn — that season of peculiar and inexhaustible influence on the mind of taste and tenderness — that season which has drawn from every poet worthy of being read some attempt at description, or some lines of feeling.” - Jane Austen
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Photo: @postcardsbyhannah

I’m really an animal lover. 🐈
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There is something about animals that I’ve loved since I was very young. It doesn’t matter if they’re little or big, cute or ugly, domestic or wild. I’ve always enjoyed what they add to our world. 🐘 🦓🦒🦘
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One thing I’ve realized especially during this time of earthly uneasiness is how much animals do for us. They can do amazing things, such as provide comfort to the sick, guide the blind, and be therapy for those battling anxiety. 🦮
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I don’t want to take for granted all the blessings animals have brought to my life. For those of us who’ve been privileged to rescue an animal or two, think about the charge we’ve been given. 🐱🐶
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For the part of our lives that our animals - our pets - fulfill... The pure joy they give us with their unconditional love... Remember, they are only with us for a short time. We must do for them what they cannot do for themselves. We are their caretakers. And know that to them, we are their whole world. ❤️
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#catsofinstagram #dogs #pets #petsofinstagram #animallovers #therapyanimals #guidedogs #animalkingdom #bekindtoanimals #pettherapy #animalsrock

Guess what I’m doing today?❓I’m certain you have no idea, so I’m happy to share it with you. 🍨
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I’m getting my initial 🛀🏻 products ready for launch. But, first, I have to decide which fragrance combination is just right. 🧪
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What you see here is a testing of fragrances. Each cup has a slightly different combination. I smell each one and use coffee ☕️ to clear out my nostrils, before smelling the next sample. Then, I select my favorite. 🎉
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After 15-20 minutes I do it all over again, each time making notes of any changes. 📋
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This is the first batch. There will likely be a second, third and fourth batch before I settle on one. 🤷‍♀️
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Next, the chosen fragrance is added to the other ingredients and I start the process all over again as the scent will change once other ingredients are added. My final selection will sit overnight and be tested again. 🚰
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I usually save that product for a week or longer to see if the scent changes. I’ve noticed with other manufacturer’s products that I’ve used that most scents diminish (or just lessen) over time. There are also changes in consistency, such as contents sticking to the inside of the bottle. Some of these changes are expected, but it’s something the consumer should be aware of if one doesn’t use their bath products right away... 🛁
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Or they could be like me and have a huge variety from which to choose, so it takes a long time to get through all of them! ‼️
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I want my products to be the best I can create... Products that everyone will love and enjoy. The process is somewhat tedious, but the results are worth it.❤️
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Thank you for following along on my creative journey. 🔍

Bennie is the cutest! Fall is here and beautiful as ever!
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Photo found: @kjp
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#fall #ozarks #dogsofinstagram #pumpkins #leaves #leaves🍁 #pumkinspice

“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people you and I were intended to be.” - Clive Staples Lewis
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Photo: Tatyana Zadorin
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#cslewis #cslewisquotes #godfirst #childofgod #merechristianity

“The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress, and grows brave by reflection.” - Thomas Paine
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Photo: Sindy Kimmis Farris
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#strongmen #men #husbands #godlymen #bravemen

Watching now. 🌳
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#saveourplanet #kisstheground #planet #soil #land #healthyfood #earth

I’m in love with this place! Beautiful! 🦋 It’s at Lake Rosseau, Ontario, Canada. 🇨🇦 On my bucket list for sure. 🍁 Check out the rest of this lovely lake cottage @jubileehavencottage 🐟
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And here I thought Hallmark channel spent their time in Canada only because it was cheaper to film there. ❄️ This is lovely and reminds me a little of Norway during the summer. 🇳🇴
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#summercottage #lakehouse #canada #ontariocanada #lakerosseau #summer #canadiansummer #lake #lakelife

If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. - Colossians 3:1-2
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.📷: Sindy Kimmis Farris

Hills as green as emeralds
Cover the countryside
Lakes as blue as sapphires-
And Ireland’s special pride
And rivers that shine like silver
Make Ireland look so fair-
But the friendliness of her people
Is the richest treasure there.
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May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and river bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you
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May the enemies of Ireland never meet a friend.
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May luck be our companion
May friends stand by our side
May history remind us all
Of Ireland’s faith and pride. ☘️

“I’d like to be remembered as someone who used whatever talent she had to do her work to the very best of her ability.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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May she Rest In Peace ❤️
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#women #womensupportingwomen #womeninbusiness #equalrights

Tell me not here, it needs not saying,
What tune the enchantress plays
In aftermaths of soft September
Or under blanching mays,
For she and I were long acquainted
And I knew all her ways.
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On russet floors, by waters idle,
The pine lets fall its cone;
The cuckoo shouts all day at nothing
In leafy dells alone;
And traveller’s joy beguiles in autumn
Hearts that have lost their own ...
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- A. E. Houseman 🌳🍁🌳
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#fall #autumn #countryside #fallvibes #leaves #readyforfall #september

Tonight! 🙏🏻❤️🙌🏻
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#saddlebackchurch #saddlebacklf #saddlebackworship #mychurch #afaiththatknowstheendofthestory

My Story

A big city girl who moved to a small town in the Midwest. I have a love of beauty, nature and animals. I’m an esthetician who offers healthier beauty options for mature women - an often forgotten niche. What you’ll find on the blog: 1. Recommended beauty products, non-toxic, cruelty-free and safe for humans. 2. Easy DIY skincare recipes, because sometimes it’s just fun to create. 3. Makeup and skincare tips and tutorials, you don’t want to miss these! 4. Handcrafted, small batch, wholesome products made in the Ozarks, by yours truly. Two Margarets Beauty is the place to be (sung to the tune of Green Acres)!

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